We constantly need to keep information in mind over short periods of time. In other words, we use working memory to rehearse reminders or goals, to track steps of conversation or problem-solving, to guide what we look for in a visual scene, and so much more! In daily life, we have to internally maintain information in the face of sensory distractions and immediate demands for our attention or action in the environment. I study how we do this.
I'm a postdoctoral researcher with Mark D'Esposito in the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, I was a graduate student with Tobias Egner in the Duke Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.
kiyonaga [at] berkeley.edu